Seoul Convention Bureau Helps Push Strong Bid for 80th UFI World Congress

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On July 12th, the Seoul Convention Bureau (SCB) greeted top representatives from the UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) for site inspections and field surveys in Seoul. UFI Managing Director Paul Woodward, UFI Director of Business Development Rowena Artz, and UFI Asia Pacific Business Development Executive Jess Wong were joined by heads of Coex, the Association of Korean Exhibition Industries (AKEI), Korea International Trade Association (KITA), and other Korean meetings industry leaders in a face-to-face meeting with Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon. The group discussed the prospects for a 2013 UFI Congress, and discussed city support of the conference, the development of its MICE industry, and Seoul’s continued interest in the 2013 congress.

Founded in Paris in 1925, the UFI is made up of 523 member businesses from 83 countries. The large organization is directly involved in the international exhibition industry, and leads research and education initiatives and events. Its annual congress draws leading professionals from major international convention centers and exhibition industry businesses from around the world.

After the appointment with the mayor the SCB organized several events for the UFI’s survey of Seoul. The SCB worked closely with the Seoul MICE Alliance to make sure that the UFI representatives were comfortably attended to - from their landing in Incheon to their hotel room. During a downtown tour program organized and sponsored by the SCB, UFI representatives were particularly impressed with the tour of Gangnam’s restaurants, the National Museum of Korea, comedy/martial arts performance JUMP, and Dongdaemun night shopping. They were also pleasantly surprised with Seoul’s diverse cultural tourism contents, shopping, and cutting-edge IT technology.

This month the SCB continues their support of international events when it invites Skål International for a city survey from August 22-24. The SCB and Skål are expected to finalize details for the upcoming 2012 Skål World Congress, which will be held in Seoul next year. Later in the month, the SCB will also welcome professionals from the ITU who will visit Seoul in consideration of a 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conferences in Seoul.